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Indiana Lawmakers Look At Changing Daycare Rules

Lawmakers taking part in summer study committees are looking at plans that could see operators of unlicensed daycare facilities that receive public money undergo training to make sure that they have adequate staffing. 

The proposals come after concerns over the number of deaths in child care facilities. 

15 of the 21 daycare deaths since 2009 occurred in unlicensed or illegal facilities. 

Nine of those deaths were reported in 2012. There are already requirements that daycare providers who look after six or more children not related to them to be trained in health and safety precautions and follow strict safe-sleep procedures. 

Homes with five or fewer are unlicensed and are not subject to state scrutiny. The new measures being considered would expand state rules for more than 1,000 daycares but would not affect those that are exempt.